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425 Million Reasons to Quit My Day Job

425 Million Reasons to Quit My Day Job
I In case you haven’t heard or read about it, the Powerball Jackpot is up to $425 million. I usually don’t play the lottery, but I had 425 million reasons to play today. When it’s that high, I feel it’s my duty to play and hopefully win! According to statistics, the chances of me winning the lottery on a single ticket are one in 175 million. Duh! That’s why I bought 18 tickets! LOL.   I did what I call a half and half—half the numbers are quick picks and the other half are numbers I chose. While listening to the radio, I decided to write down every number I heard during the commercials. You’d be surprised how many numbers are mentioned during the ads. I got quite a few—enough to play nine tickets. When I got to the store, I grabbed my slips and filled in the little circles with black ink, while dreaming about what I’d do with my winnings.   I didn’t realize the Powerball tickets were two dollars. Wow…I hadn’t planned on spending $36.00, but what’s $36.00 to a future multimillionaire? Driving home, I fantasized some more. I had visions of myself sitt...
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Happy Birthday, Mommie

Happy Birthday, Mommie
  Today is my mother’s birthday, and if she were still living, she would be 75-years-old. Wow, I can’t even begin to imagine my mother at 75. She was only 36 when she passed away. Yes, she was YOUNG. It really hits me just how young she was when I see photos of people like Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union, Tamika Sumpter, and so many other actresses in their thirties and forties. I often wonder what kind of relationship my mother and I would have today if she was still alive. I know this much, she would be spoiled rotten! I would give her the world. My mother, with me and five other children in tow, struggled financially, emotionally, and physically most of her life. But in spite of her challenges, she was a great mom. She could cook like nobody’s business, and I used to love the bread and Lemon Meringue pie she would prepare—all made from scratch. She was awesome with a sewing machine. She made most of our school clothes. Some of my fondest memories include her getting on the floor to play jacks with us. I loved it! One of her favorite sayings was “You’re s...
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Move Over Prince George--There’s a New Baby in Town

Move Over Prince George--There’s a New Baby in Town
  “The Baby in the Window!”   Yes, my fourth novel will be available on Amazon.com on August 1. The launch party is scheduled for August 24 th . And just like Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, I’m a very proud parent!   No, my baby isn’t born of flesh and blue blood, but I sweated blood and tears giving birth to her, and I love her dearly.   “The Baby in the Window,” like my other three novels, is my child. Fourteen years ago, I realized that I would never be able to have biological children. It was a very difficult time in my life. I, like many women, had bought into the hype that women can have children at any age! Why would any of us doubt this when so many pregnant Hollywood starlets over forty were gracing the covers of magazines with protruding bellies on display for the world to gawk at. Unbeknownst to many of us, a lot of these women were relying on the latest reproductive technology to gain entrance into the Mommy Club. When I realized I was fertility challenged, I too, resorted to outside help coupled with ferven...
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Why I Went Six Consecutive Days Without Eating

Why I Went Six Consecutive Days Without Eating
I know you’re probably thinking I had to have eaten something. No, I ate nothing. I did however drink water. If I hadn’t, I would be in the hospital or maybe even dead right now. It’s said that human beings can go three days without water. However there have been people who have gone weeks without eating. Mahatama Gandhi, at the age of 74, survived 21 days of total starvation while only allowing himself sips of water. And of course, Jesus went without food for 40 days. So my six days pale in comparison.   But for some of you who have never missed a meal in your life, I guess six days is a long time. Going without food wasn’t easy, but I was determined to get through the six days. My eating has been out of control, and during the past few months I gained almost 15 pounds.   My diet consisted of a ton of Trail Mix and an apple in the morning, Caramel Nips and peanut M&M’s, along with other junk food throughout the day, and a huge lunch. Upon arriving home, I would attack my favorite cheese popcorn like a starving refugee. Then I would gorge on Tra...
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?#@*&% Happens!

?#@*&% Happens!
The hairs on the back of my neck bristled when I slammed into the truck in front of me. It was Friday, June 21 st and I was living one of my worst nightmares—a car accident. Crap! I had looked away momentarily and in that instant, I hit the truck in front of me. My mind was bombarded with all that comes with a fender bender—insurance adjusters, body shops, car rentals, deductibles, and most likely higher premiums. While I was pondering my situation, the man I hit emerged from his car. He didn’t seem upset. In fact he was rather pleasant and asked me if I was okay. I thanked God in that moment for both of us being okay. I couldn’t say the same about my car. The front was jacked up. My beautiful almost new car looked like the hoopties I used to drive back in the day. His truck had minor damage. We exchanged information and before I left the scene, I called my insurance agent to get the ball rolling. By the following Wednesday, I had a rental. Okay, things are moving along. That was until I left my bag at the gym and rushed back to get it. I parked the rental an...
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Up Close and Personal with the N-Word

Up Close and Personal with the N-Word
    Yesterday Americans celebrated the Fourth of July with food, fun, and fireworks. But for Paula Deen, the rockets, missiles, and cherry bombs, were set off over two weeks ago when word got out that she had admitted to using the N-word. That confession catapulted her into the hall of shame, where she now holds court with Michael Richards (Kramer in Seinfeld), Mel Gibson, and Don Imus. Hey, wait a minute. Shouldn’t a host of African-American rappers and celebrities be in the mix as well? What’s going on here? According to street rules, ramifications for using the N-Word are determined by the hue of a person’s skin. If you’re white, using the N-Word just ain’t right, and if you’re black, when using the N-word you get a lot of slack. Is it fair that black people get to use the N-Word with impunity, but if a non-black person spews the wretched word, they’re banished to the lowest echelon of society? Based on everything I’ve read and heard, the jury’s still out. But personally, I feel the word is atrocious no matter who says it. My first experienc...
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